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114              THE BBA OF TOE INSCRIPTIONS AH TOSOLVED MYSTEEY.
belongs to an entirely different series and may very probably refer to the
Sika era*
The Selemcidan era is obiously one that might have recommended itself
to a dynasty of mixed Greek descent; but another that might with equal or
even greater probability have been employed is the Kashmlrian era used by
Kalhana In the last three books of his IUja-Tarangini, and which Is still famliar
to the Brahmans of that country.   It Is otiaerwise called the era of the Sap-
tarshis and dates from the secular procession of Ursa Hajt>r5 Chaltra sodi 1 of
the 26th year of tibte Kali-ynga,, 3076 B.C.   It Is known to be a fact and is
not a mere hypothesis that when this era is used,  the hundreds are generally
omitted.   The ctronologieal difficulties Involved in these Inscriptions seem
therefore almost to defy solution; for the era may commence either In March,
3076 B.C., or in October, 312 B.C., or In 57 B.C., or in 78 A.D.   There Is
further a difficulty In considering that any one era can be Intended; for one
inscription nas been found, dated 47, mentioning Hmvishka as Mug, while
two others bearing Yasndeva's name are dated respectively 44 and 8% which
would thus make Vasndeva at once the predecessor and the successor of
Hnvishka.   The simplest way of meeting this difficulty would be to refer the
figures to the year of the king's relgn^ and a small fragment of an Inscrip»
tion -feat I found In the Jamalpnr mound bears the words,..shkasya rdjya-
wmvateare 28 Hemant 3 div*, of which the most obions translation would
be  i On the          day of the third winter month of the 28th year of the
reign of Kanishka* (as the name It would seem must have been). Nor
need any difficulty be occasioned by the use of the word Sambat to
denote the year of a monarch's reign. For though modem practice res-
tricts the term exclusively to the VIkramaditya era, such was not always the
case ; witness ihe inscription on the temple of Grobind Deva at Brands-ban—
jSam&oi 34 Sn Saka&andh Akbar SMk raj—€ In the Mth year of the reign of
the Emperor Akbar.' But the height to which the figures run is fatal to this
theory, and a final solution to the mystery has yet to be sought,
About talf^-mlle due west of the Jam&lpur mound Is a small one on the
edge of the C&reiilar Road, where 1 found the lower extremities of two large
seated figtwea^ in red sandstone : the one a Buddha^ with an inscription at the
htse, of-wMcli the only words legible are : mrska mdse 2 dwa* 6? 6 on the 6&
day of the 2nd month of ifae rains,* The other is almost a facsimile of a
senlptare figured at page 36 of Mr. Oldham's Memoir of Ghazipur, among
ihe aniiqiaiiieB found at a place cdied Aonnhar. It Is well executed and